Fifty-five oil tankers perished in recent raids in Syria, as part of the U.S. and allies’ international coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS), according to a recent announcement by the Combined Joint Task Force for Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
In a statement on 11 September, the CJTF-OIR said 24 airstrikes had been carried out in Iraq and Syria over the course of Saturday.
“In Syria, coalition military forces conducted 14 strikes using attack, bomber, fighter
and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL targets,” the statement read. “Near Dayr Az Zawr, eight strikes destroyed 55 ISIL oil tanker trucks and 13 supply routes.”
With the support of the government of Iraq, coalition warplanes struck 10 sites near seven Iraqi cities, including Mosul, Tel Affar, Beiji, Ramadi and Samarra, inflicting heavy losses on ISIS hideouts and headquarters.
On Monday, the task force released another statement outlining its war activities on 11 September.
The Syrian city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State, saw considerable damage to its captured oil infrastructure during Sunday’s attacks. Six of sixteen strikes in the country on Sunday occurred in Raqqa, resulting in the destruction of 10 ISIS supply routes, three oil pump jacks and other drilling-related equipment.
Roughly 140 kilometers away, another strike demolished two of the terrorist organization’s captured oil tractor-trailers in Dayr Az Zawr.
The CJTF-OIR’s official Twitter account says affiliated countries had conducted 104 strikes during the week of September 3 – September 9.
So far, 13 countries have contributed to the task force’s operations, including Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Turkish President Recep Erdogan indicated last week that his country was prepared to join coalition forces in a campaign to recapture Raqqa from ISIS.
Iraqi forces will soon begin an offensive to liberate Mosul – the nation’s second largest city and the most populous city still under ISIS control.
By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com